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Staff Governors help you have your say

Our Trust became authorised as a Foundation Trust from 1st January 2009. The Council of Governors, six of which are staff governors, is responsible for representing the interests of members and influencing the Trust’s future plans. As a member of staff, you were automatically opted in as a Member. (unless you later requested to opt out) There have been several opportunities for you to attend drop in sessions with our six staff governors where you could suggest service developments, learn more about being a Foundation Trust, discuss how as a member you could become more involved. Insight spoke to two of the staff governors, Alison Maw and Gillian Hobson during the most recent session. Alison has held senior roles in Radiology and Cardiology since joining the Trust in 1987. She believes her experience in both the NHS and the private sector will help her to contribute to the Trust’s planning and decision-making, and represent a broad spectrum of professional colleagues effectively. Gillian is a strong advocate on behalf of colleagues, and believes the Trust has a great opportunity to be a leader and first class employer with its diverse communities. She has worked in IT at the Trust since 1996, and sees staff development and involvement in decision-making as key priorities. She said: “I became a governor as I very much believe in the value of representing and engaging with our staff.” Both governors sit on the Corporate Citizenship Working Group. Gillian said: “From a working group perspective, our main issues are employment and transport. It also sits round important issues such as reducing the carbon footprint of the Trust.” Alison added: “It’s quite uplifting as I have been on two visits all to do with regeneration and it is so good to see the work that people are doing in the community such as the Surestart initiatives which gives something back to the children.” Gillian said: “The staff governors have ambitions for the Trust to make sure it is doing all that can be done for not just the closer community, but wider reaching.”